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The New Alpine Coaster in Duluth, MN

Updated on April 27, 2015

A New Alpine Slide - On a Track!

A new attraction opened up in July 2010 in the Duluth area of Minnesota. This new attraction is an adventure ride that features a metal track creating curves and drops for individual (single) coasters to go down the tallest Spirit Mountain hills.

I recently checked out this new attraction to see what it was all about, and let me tell you, it made for the ultimate thrill. Learn more about the Alpine Coaster and be sure to check it out when you're in the area!

Image courtesy of Spirit Mountain Ski Area

You're In Control

You only go as fast as you want to! Just make sure you tell the operator at top if you're going to go slow, that way you won't have traffic pile up behind you!

Image by Spirit Mountain Ski Area
Image by Spirit Mountain Ski Area

Running the Course

Flying Down the Mountain

The track curves and darts down 3,200 feet of track to the bottom of the hill. You control your speed by either pushing the controllers forward to go faster or pulling back to go slower or stop.

If you crave speed and push as far as you can, you could reach speeds up to 26 miles per hour! This may not seem fast on paper, but it sure is fast when you're winding down a steep hill!

The coaster prides itself in differing from the alpine slide by featuring hair-pin turns and the fact that it can run year round due to it's unique design.

Take a Test Ride - See The Track in Action

Image courtesy of the Star Tribune (
Image courtesy of the Star Tribune (

Hitting the Bottom

And Back Up Again

Coming to the end of the track at the bottom of the hill, you come down to a halt. Thinking it's the end of the ride, you're sad it's over. But it's not.

From here you get taken back to the top of the hill as you sit in your cart and enjoy the view. The cable-system pulls you up as you are pulled through beautiful scenery, a mountain of color for a fun 'cool-down'.

Image by Duluth News Tribune
Image by Duluth News Tribune

Fun Details

Prices, and Other Info

Hours: Open Thursday through Sunday 10am - 7pm

Costs: $8 single rider, $12 double rider

Riders must be:

  • 48" tall or at least 8 years old to ride alone
  • Under 350 pounds
  • At least 3 years old to ride the Alpine Coaster

Group Parties Available: They throw birthday parties and all sorts of get-togethers there at the facility. Get discounted rates and fun activities when you bring a group of ten or more for a party. What a great birthday gift for your children and their friends!

Visit their website here for more details.

Poll Time - Get in the Action

Would you try the Timber Twister (Alpine Coaster) if you had a chance?

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So What Do You Think? - Comments Welcome!

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      Sandy_Petersen 7 years ago

      I loved watching the video and enjoyed reading about the Timber Twister but riding it would be a whole other thing for me. I'm afraid of heights. Still, I could be bribed by my husband and kids . . . maybe. Thanks for an entertaining lens.

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Wow, I had no idea there was such a thing in Duluth. I'll be passing through there, probably next year, on my way to the Boundary Waters again, so I miiiiiight need to stop and check this out. I'm kind of a chicken when it comes to speed, but it would be neat to see. And maybe my travel companion would like to give it a try. Fun lens! *Blessed*

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      raegal75 7 years ago

      How fun! I didn't even realize we had one of those in MN. Will have to make that a summer trip.

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      Pete Schultz 7 years ago

      great fun. Spirit mountain is a wonderful recreation area and asset to the Minnesota Arrowhead region.Thanks for including my lens on things to see and doo around Rainy Lake. I appreciate that.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Oh my goodness, that looks like fun!

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      squid-janices7 7 years ago

      Looks like a blast....will have to check it out the next time I'm up in the Duluth area. My brother and his girlfriend went on it this summer and they loved it as well. Great lens!

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      squid-pinkchic18 7 years ago

      @Kiwisoutback: Yes it was a great ride! Duluth is a gorgeous (and very unique) town. It's not too out of the ordinary that they found a spot for it though, there's some pretty big hills there! You'll definitely have to give it a try if you do end up visiting the area.

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      This looks like an amazing roller coaster. I can't wait to see what it looks like when more pictures pop up. For a coaster this big in Duluth is definitely unusual, isn't it? I haven't been there, but I've heard it's an interesting town - very cold in the winter though.